MOU to strengthen partnership and assist Sugarcane Farmers
The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) in collaboration with Sugar Cane Growers Fund (SCGF) is committed to assist sugarcane farmers and ensure they are well informed on the cane farming incentives provided by the Fijian Government.
This after FRCS and SCGF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed to enhance partnership and allow sharing of information.
The MOU was signed between FRCS Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Visvanath Das and SCGF Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Raj Sharma.
“The MOU is a tool to establish and enhance the cooperative relationship between both parties,” Mr. Das said.
“This MOU will enable FRCS and SCGF to assist farmers in helping their production grow. Farmers applying for loans from SCGF will have check and balances by both parties,” he said.
“For instance, when farmers apply for loans, one of the mandatory requirements is Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). This is where FRCS will assist SCGF in providing the TINs and if farmers do not have a TIN, FRCS will assist these farmers for TIN registrations,” he explained.
“FRCS will also maximise the dissemination of cane farming incentives to cane farmers through SCGF and ensure cane farmers are well informed of the incentives which can be utilised for their production growth,” he said.
“All the information shared will be handled by authorised officers within the legal limitations as outlined in the MOU,” he added.
Mr. Das acknowledged SCGF for joining hands with FRCS in assisting the sugarcane farmers.
“SCGF is first and foremost thankful to FRCS for this MOU. This MOU deepens our relationship with government agencies with an objective to serve our growers better, as mentioned by Mr Das,” Mr Sharma said.
“SCGF is going through transformation stage with change of its ICT system that requires updated grower information including TIN registration. Also we have difficulties in getting all the TIN registration for the growers to complete the Personal Security Registry and this is the means to fast track,” Mr Sharma said.
“This information will also assist SCGF to set up the Financial Transaction Reporting requirements platform,” he added.
Mr Sharma said that this data would become one of the robust information pool for the sugar industry.